The following is Coach Howie Landa’s list of 13 offensive moves in basketball (perform on both sides for 26)! If the moves are hard to understand by description alone, be sure to watch his Motion Offense videos in our Coaching Instruction Collection (for Academy members).
13 Offensive Moves for Basketball Players
- The first move is to fake directly at the defensive player and shoot over him.
- The second move is to fake at the defender and explode by for a layup.
- The third move is to fake and drive by, jump stopping at the basket and exploding straight up for a strong power shot.
- The fourth move is to loop a step to the right and then go up for the jump shot.
- The fifth move is to show or fake the jump shot and then use a hesitation move with the dribble and go in for a layup.
- The sixth move is to drive to the basket and continue under, jumping off the right foot and shooting a reverse with the left hand.
- The seventh move is to drive hard to the basket, continuing under the basket and jumping off the left foot, turning inward and shooting with the right hand for a reverse layup.
- The eighth move is to drive the end line and use the whirl dribble, pulling back the ball for the layup or hook shot.
- The ninth move is to drive left all the way for the layup.
- The tenth move is to drive left for a jump shot.
- The eleventh move is to drive left, fake the jump shot, and continue in for the layup.
- The twelfth move is to drive hard left, pull ball back away from defender, pulling up for quick shot.
- The thirteenth move is to drive hard left, pull ball back away from defender faking jump shot using head fake, then put dribble back on towards basket (hesitation dribble).
Howie Landa is one of the most renowned and highly respected basketball coaches of all time. A member of 10 separate basketball halls of fame, Landa has achieved success at every competitive level at which he has played and coached. In the 1950s, he starred at Lebanon (PA) Valley College and competed in the Eastern Pro League. He then coached at Mercer (NJ) County College for 26 years, winning the National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association title two times in four appearances and earning national coach of the year honors three times. Subsequently, he has held a number of noteworthy positions in his distinguished career, including serving as an assisting coach for both the New York Knicks and the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury, and joining Jerry Tarkanian’s staff at UNLV. One of the most popular clinicians in the history of the game, Howie speaks at basketball clinics all over the world.
Again, to view these offensive moves in video, go to our Academy Film Room where you can watch Howie Landa’s Motion Offense videos.